Lilia becomes a centenarian

A GOOD sense of humour and a thriving social life are the keys to Lilia Keck's long life, according to her grandson.

On Saturday Mrs Keck, who has lived in Bendigo her entire life, celebrated her 100th birthday at the Sunrise Supported Living facility surrounded by her loving family.

She had her hair permed and nails manicured for the occasion, proving that you're never too old for a bit of glamour.

Despite reaching a remarkable age, Mrs Keck said she felt "no different".

Mrs Keck was born in Bendigo and attended Bendigo East Primary School.

At the age of 13 she ended her formal education and went to domestic school, where she learnt how to cook and clean.

She worked at what was then the Bendigo Base Hospital for a number of years as a cleaner and cook before marrying Leslie-Herbert Keck - also known as "Snow" - a welder.

The couple had three children: Douglas, Glenda and Jennifer.

Sadly, Douglas died last year, but Glenda and Jennifer were with their mother at Saturday's party.

Grandson Russell Keck said Mrs Keck had a wicked sense of humour and was always very social.

"She never misses an opportunity to go out," he said. 

"We go out for lunch every Sunday."

He said she was a wonderful grandmother and he felt blessed to have her.

"Her oldest grandchild will turn 50 this year," he said.

"She still acknowledges all the 23 great-grandchildren's birthdays.

"We're grateful she's still here." 

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